Summer Fun Means Summer Safety……..Learning to Swim is Key!!!!

Summer Fun Means Summer Safety……..Learning to Swim is Key!!!!

We Always Want the Summer Months to Be Filled With Fun and Great Times.   And Having Fun Also Means Being Aware of Your Surroundings and Being Safe.   Most of Us Like to Spend Time at the Beach or Poolside…..I know I do.   So Make a Pact With Yourself and Your Loved Ones That From Now On….. WATER FUN = WATER SAFETY!!!     With the warm weather finally here, please take the time to be safe and aware of your surroundings and children while enjoying the water.   3.5K People DIE ANNUALLY in the U.S. from UNINTENTIONAL DROWNING     According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC)​: 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings, Annually (USA) 10 deaths per day. 1 in 5 people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger.   *****More Children, 1 to 4 years of age, die from DROWNING, than any other cause of death except birth defects*******   For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates.   ******In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning   African Americans, Specifically Children, Are Disproportionately Victims of Drowning…   Here Are the Facts…..   The fatal drowning rate of African American children ages 5 to 14 is almost three times that of white children in the same age range.   2. The disparity is most pronounced in swimming pools   3. African...
Be Carefree, Knowing That You Have Been Careful All Summer….Melanoma Awareness Month

Be Carefree, Knowing That You Have Been Careful All Summer….Melanoma Awareness Month

Skin Cancer is THE MOST COMMON CANCER in the U.S.A.     EVERY YEAR….. 3.5 Million Cases of Non-Melanoma (Basal Cell and Squamous Cell) Skin Cancer….. 73,000 New Cases of Melanoma….. 10,000 Melanoma Related Deaths…..   May is MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH and It’s Our Job to Make Sure You and Your Loved Ones Are Well Taken Care of While You Enjoy the Sun and All of The Activities of Summer and Spring.   MELANOMA Makes Up 1-5% of All Skin Cancer Cases, Yet Accounts for the MAJORITY OF SKIN CANCER DEATHS     People Under 45 Years of Age Account for 25% of Melanoma Diagnoses     The Great News… For Melanoma Detected EARLY….Localized….The 5 Year Survival is 98%!!!!!!! Click to Enlarge American Cancer Society and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have designated the Friday before Memorial Day as DON’T FRY DAY http://www.cancer.org/…/infographic…/skin-cancer-prevention…   1 in 5 Americans Will Be Diagnosed with Skin Cancer 86 percent of Melanomas and 90 percent of non melanoma skin cancers are Associated with UV (Ultraviolet) Exposure….Sun rays     Who Can Be Diagnosed With Skin Cancer? ANYONE with SKIN!!!!   Who is at Risk for Being Diagnosed with Skin Cancer??   Although ALL Races and Genders are at Risk, there are some who have a Greater Risk of Developing Skin Cancer, and Melanoma in Particular….   Risk Factors for Skin Cancer: 1. Previous History of Skin Cancer 2. Chronic Sun Exposure 3. Skin Color……Highest Risk…Pale Skin…Blonde Hair…Red Hair….Light Eyes 4. Tanning Beds 5. Personal History of Abnormal Mole(s) 6. Family History of Melanoma in One or More First Degree Relatives (parent/sibling)...
Every Single One of Us Has Been Impacted……………AUTISM

Every Single One of Us Has Been Impacted……………AUTISM

To Everyone Living, Surviving and Thriving With Autism, This Post Is In Honor of All That You Do To Make Life Better For Us All.   April is National Autism Awareness Month.     EVERYONE Reading this Post Right Now Has Either Directly, or Indirectly, Been Affected by AUTISM.   Like So Many Other Conditions, AUTISM is Ingrained in the Very Fabric of Our Society. And It is Our Duty, as Health Care Providers and Citizens, to INFORM, EDUCATE and Help CARE for Our Family, Friends, Neighbors, or Simply Fellow Human Beings, Who Have Been Affected by AUTISM.   Let’s Go Over the Basics and Then Touch On Some of the Many Things We All Can Do, to Improve the Lives of Those Affected By this Condition.   FACTS   What is Autism?   ****First Described by Leo Kanner in 1944   Also Referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)       Defined as a Mental Condition, Present from Early Childhood, Characterized By Difficulty in Communicating and Forming Relationships with Other People and in Using Language and Abstract Concepts     https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism     Who is Affected? 1 in 68 Children Has Autism 4-5 Times More Common in BOYS than Girls. **1 out of 42 Boys, Compared to 1 out of 189 Girls, are Diagnosed with Autism in the United States. **3 Million People are Affected by ASD in the United States and Tens of Millions Across the Globe The Prevalence (The Number of Persons with a Specific Condition, Living in the Population) Rate has Increased by 10-17% Annually in Recent Years…..   WHY…..and What are the CAUSES...
In This Time Of Uncertainty…What Is Your Most Important Asset?????

In This Time Of Uncertainty…What Is Your Most Important Asset?????

Your Greatest Asset…… YOUR HEALTH!! FOOD……FITNESS…..HEALTH March is NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH     And Although We Are Meeting The End of the Month, Nutrition, Food and Fitness Are the Central Tenets of a Fruitful and Joyous Existence….ALL YEAR LONG.      Image Courtesy of Mike Ingram In a Time When We Seem To Be Losing Command of Our Finances, Political Representation and Cultural Respectability, OUR HEALTH is One Element That Is Still Within OUR CONTROL!!!   The Main Focus of CHICKS WITH MDS, LLC, Is To Restore Our Individual, As Well As Collective, Control of OUR HEALTH!!!!   With Increasing Frequency, So Many of Us Are Losing Spouses, Siblings, Family, Friends and Colleagues, Because of POOR DIET, LACK OF EXERCISE, NON-COMPLIANCE with MEDICATIONS and LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS, OBESITY and/or a SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE.   I am not going to spend much time with words, rather providing you with key FACTS and great RESOURCES to help you OPTIMIZE your health and well-being.   This Post is About FACTS and RESOURCES for Your Health…SPREAD THE WORD!!!! Let’s Get Started!!!   FACTS….. OBESITY       ***More Than 2/3, 69% of Adults Are OverWeight***   ***More Than 1/3, 36% of Adults Are OBESE*** HELPFUL DEFINITIONS……   BMI……Body Mass Index Normal Weight…..BMI 18.5-24.9   Overweight (BMI 25-29.9) refers to an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat, and water.1   Obesity (BMI 30 +) refers to an excess amount of body fat.1   ****These Values Are Guidelines and May Vary Based Upon Your Health History, Weight-Lifting Regimen and Overall LifeStyle******** *****Always Discuss Your Specific Health Concerns, Diet, Exercise and LifeStyle...
So You Didn’t Match……Now What??

So You Didn’t Match……Now What??

So Why Does a Physician, Who is Already Board Certified in Both Plastics and General Surgery, Care About Medical Students Who Have Not Matched Into a Residency Program??   Because In My 4th Year of Medical School, I Was In the Same Predicament As So Many of You Are, Right At This Very Moment….   No Residency Position.                                     ….And Reeling From the Fact that After All of This Work, Time, Absence From Life, Missing Family Events, Losing Friends, Moving To Another State………………And Now Nothing to Show For It.     It Is My Hope That This Short Module Will Help Someone Else Avoid This Predicament.   And Just So You Know, I Could Not Have Asked For A Better Life Than What I Have Right At This Moment.   With All of The ‘Ups and Downs’, ‘Failures’, ‘Do-Overs’, ‘Winding Roads’ and ‘Lessons Learned’, I Would Not Change A Solitary Thing.   I Am A Success……And You Will Be Too. Let’s Get To Work.       So Why Didn’t You Match??     There are a multitude of reasons, but it usually boils down to these critical factors:   1. You restricted the number/region of programs in your application pool, and thereby limited your catch basin. Ex. 1. I only want to live on the West Coast. 2. I Will Only Interview in Chicago or Miami.   2. You applied to an extremely competitive program (Ex. Dermatology.. Ortho….ENT) and did not apply to a back-up Specialty.   ****Every Year Extremely Competitive...
NATIONAL WOMEN & GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

NATIONAL WOMEN & GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

    National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day was March 10th 2016     FACTS…. ****More than 226,000 Women in the U.S.A. are Infected with HIV*** ****1 in 4 Living with HIV/AIDS, in the U.S.A., are Women**** ****Only 45% of Women with HIV/AIDS are Engaged in Care**** ****African American Women Make Up 60% of New HIV Cases (but are on 14% of the US Female Population)****       Image Courtesy of naacp.org ****Hispanic Women Make Up 16% of New HIV Cases**** ****Youth 13 to 24 Years of Age Account for 26% of New HIV Cases****     The Basics…..   What Is HIV? Human Immunodeficiency Virus   What is AIDS? Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome This is the Final Stage of HIV Infection     HIV TRANSMISSION FACTS……   How Can You Become Infected With HIV? Bodily Fluids…. 1. Blood 2. Semen (cum) 3. Pre-seminal Fluid (pre-cum) 4. Rectal Fluids 5. Vaginal Fluids 6. Breast Milk ****These Fluids Must Come Into Contact With Mucous Membranes (Oral, Anal, Penis or Vagina) or Damaged Tissues or Be Directly Injected Into Your Bloodstream(Syringe/Needles, Rinse Water or Other Equipment ‘Works’ used to Prepare Injection Drugs) ***** ***HIV can survive in a used needle for up to 42 Days Depending on Temperature and Other Factors*** ***HIV is NOT spread by air or water, insects — including mosquitoes or ticks — saliva, tears, sweat, casual contact like shaking hands, hugging, or sharing dishes/drinking glasses, drinking fountains, or toilet seats**** http://www.damien.org/hiv-101-faqs…   PREVENTION is KEY!!! 1. Use Condoms Every Time You Have Sex 2. Get An HIV Test…..FREE and CONFIDENTIAL 3. Be Monogamous 4. DO NOT...